Where to Get Help for Bulimia
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Young woman with bulimia Many people spend their whole lives struggling with body image issues. They feel bad about themselves and constantly go on and off diets. Other people develop dangerous eating disorders such as bulimia.

Bulimia is treatable. Many people who suffer from bulimia go on to live healthy lives with normal attitudes about food and body weight. But this type of eating disorder usually requires professional treatment. People with a friend, family member, or spouse with bulimia may be unsure how to help the person or where to find treatment.

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Understanding Bulimia

Bulimia is an eating disorder characterized by:

People with bulimia feel a loss of control during an episode of binge eating.1

Bulimia is often difficult to detect because people usually binge and purge in private. Unlike people with anorexia, people with bulimia are more commonly within a normal weight range, though they can be both thin and overweight. Put simply, people with bulimia are afraid of gaining weight, they want to lose weight, and they are unhappy with the shape and size of their bodies. 2

Other bulimia signs and symptoms include:

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Where to Get Help for Bulimia

Young man getting help for bulimia Bulimia is extremely damaging to the body and can cause psychological harm. Physically, people experience symptoms such as dehydration, tooth decay, and heart failure. Psychologically, bulimia contributes to self-esteem problems, anxiety, and major depression. Fortunately, there is help.2

You can help someone with bulimia by learning about the different treatment options available. The following is a brief description of various bulimia treatment programs:

Deciding Between Bulimia Treatment Options

The severity of the person’s condition is the most important factor to consider when choosing how to help someone with bulimia.

Some things to think about when looking for help for bulimia are:

Helping someone with bulimia can be difficult. If you need help choosing a bulimia treatment program, call a helpline specialist today at .

How to Talk to Someone With Bulimia

If your friend or family member needs help for bulimia, consider these tips before approaching them about their problem.

Helping Someone With Bulimia

helping someone with bulimia It can be frustrating to watch someone you love struggle with an eating disorder. Here are a few tips for how to support a loved one with bulimia.

Find Bulimia Treatment for a Friend or Family Member

If you or your loved one is suffering from bulimia, we can help you find the treatment you need. Our knowledgeable support staff is available 24/7 to help you find the best treatment program possible. If you’re suffering from depression, you’re not alone. Take the first step towards healing by taking a free online depression quiz.

Call our helpline today at  to speak with a treatment support specialist about your options.

Read next: Bulimia Symptoms, Causes, and Effects


[1]. National Eating Disorders Association. Bulimia nervosa.

[2]. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2012). Bulimia nervosa fact sheet.

[3]. National Eating Disorders Association. Treatment settings and levels of care.

[4]. National Eating Disorders Association. (2015). Parental toolkit version 3.0.